COTTON USA Executive Delegation Visits U.S. Cotton's Customers in Latin America
Eight U.S. cotton industry representatives traveled to Mexico City, Mexico; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Lima, Peru; as part of the 2015 COTTON USA Executive Delegation to discuss a variety of market and trade issues with U.S. cotton’s customers. The delegation hosted seminar sessions and participated in factory visits, as well as strengthened strategic relationships with regional mills and associations. The event provided attendees with valuable opportunities to network and build connections for increasing U.S. cotton exports.
The participating delegates included: Cotton Council International (CCI) President Dahlen Hancock, Bobby Walton (ACSA), Hope Brooks (ACSA), John Burch (AMCOT), Bernie Jordan (American Cotton Producers), Mark Nichols (American Cotton Producers), Buxton Midyette (Supima) and Vaughn Jordan (CCI). Floribeth Gonzalez-Schuyler (CCI) also joined the group in Mexico and Guatemala, and Nina Maldonado (CCI) met the delegation in Peru.
The delegation provided information to regional textile executives, including updates on world cotton production, supply and demand, U.S. production and quality, bale packaging and contamination, and responsible cotton production.
In Mexico, the delegation met with textile representatives from Mexico City and Puebla and conducted an interactive question and answer session. They also received an update on Mexico's economic, political and trade issues from Luis de la Calle, a Mexican specialist on trade issues.
In Guatemala, the group toured Korean based Sae-A's factory and learned about the company's operations in Central America and the Caribbean. They also met with representatives from Guatemala and El Salvador in a seminar session. The U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Mr. Todd D. Robinson, attended the meeting and gave the welcome remarks.
In Peru, the delegation participated in plant tours, in order to build familiarity with production, purchasing processes and the cotton quality required by local mills. U.S. cotton leaders also updated 40 Colombian and Peruvian cotton industry representatives during a seminar, and held talks with important leaders and decision-makers in the region.